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AF begins testing phase for women in combat roles

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — In April 2015, the Air Force will begin conducting the physical evaluations required to explore opening the last six career fields currently closed to women. When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women. The current…

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First Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program event a success

The 162nd Wing’s Air Wing Integrator hosted her first Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program event on April 10 at the Hilton Garden Inn Tucson International Airport. Christina Desiato began working here last September with a purpose, to assist deployed service members throughout the deployment cycle, and the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program is her number one priority….

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HARM office receives prestigious career-field award

TUCSON, Ariz. — The 162nd Wing Host Aviation Resource Management office celebrated receipt of the career-field’s top honor, the Sergeant Dee Campbell Outstanding Aviation Resource Management Large Unit of the Year for the Air National Guard during the wing’s annual awards ceremony Sunday, April 11. “We’ve never received this award before, so it’s pretty special for us”…

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“Marry Me”: An artist’s reflection on life as a military spouse

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. — Diala Estela, 4th Fighter Wing key spouse mentor, placed third out of 35 exhibits April 3, at the Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh, North Carolina. Estala’s sculpture, titled “Marry Me,” was a dress made from 130 plastic bottles to symbolize the spouses of active-duty service members based on her personal…

(U.S. Air National Guard Photo/Staff Sgt. Gregory Ferreira) Salutes & Awards

162nd Wing remembers influential leader

The 162nd Wing mourned the loss of an icon, Sunday, as one of its most influential unit members was laid to rest. Retired Chief Master Sgt. Karen Veltman dedicated 32 years of her life to the 162nd, its members and their families. She stands as a pillar of feminist fortitude to the masses of women…


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Dempsey: No plans to close military commissaries

Posted  January 30, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Contrary to some news reports, there are no plans to close military commissaries, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said. But Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey added that the budget environment is forcing the department to look for savings anywhere possible. The chairman first addressed this issue during his Facebook…

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D-M spouse hopes to “Survive” on reality TV

Posted  January 30, 2014

The spouse of a Desert Lightning Team member is hoping to be selected as a contestant on the hit reality TV game show, “Survivor.” Luella Moore, wife of Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Moore, 41st Electronic Component Squadron, has submitted her application via the show’s website. Applicants must include recent pictures of themselves and a video describing…

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Processing four legged deployers

Posted  January 30, 2014

Receiving orders is only the first step to actually putting boots on the ground. When Airmen get tasked to deploy there are several things that must be squared away to include a psychical, training records and mental health screening. “Mushe will get a full physical from the Doc which will include checking his vitals, gums,…

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Diamond Sharp January 31, 2014

Posted  January 30, 2014

Name/Squadron: Technical Sgt. Benny Crawford / 355th Medical Support Squadron First Sergeant: Senior Master Sgt. Jennifer Anthony Duty Title: Pharmacy Flight Chief When joined the AF: March, 1999 Hobbies: Football, working out, referring youth sports, spending time with family, and cheering on the New Orleans Saints! Selection:  Technical Sgt. Crawford is the epitome of a…

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FitFamily provides families tools for success

Posted  January 30, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — It’s that time of year again when people resolve to lose weight, get in shape and eat healthier, which takes dedication and determination. To help Airmen and their families achieve those goals, the Air Force offers the Air Force FitFamily initiative which encourages families to develop and maintain a…

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Get your taxes done for free

Posted  January 30, 2014

The Davis-Monthan Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Office offers free tax preparation for airmen, soldiers, Marines, guardsman, dependents and retirees by trained tax preparers who are well versed in military specific tax issues. The VITA tax center submits tax returns electronically, so you can receive your refunds in as little as one week! The Tax Center…

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162FW members deliver meals to homebound community members

Posted  January 30, 2014

Fondly referred to as ‘Heroes and Angels’, volunteers from the 162nd Fighter Wing deliver meals, and kindness, to homebound individuals in Southern Tucson. Master Sgt. Joe Duyck, lead technician of database management here at the 162FW, has been volunteering with Mobile Meals of Tucson, Inc. for three years. He describes his biggest joy in volunteering…

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D-M hosts women’s basketball tournament

Posted  January 30, 2014

Women from Tucson, Phoenix and Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas, gathered at Benko Fitness Center here for the Martin Luther King Jr. Women’s Basketball Tournament Jan. 18-19. The D-M Mustangs women’s basketball team asked Master Sgt. Luis Colon Jr., 355th Maintenance Group programs office safety representative, to coordinate the event after he successfully set up…

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Airmen participate in local schools Career Day

Posted  January 30, 2014

Desert Lightning Team members volunteered at Dietz Elementary School for career day, Jan. 29, 2014. Staff Sgt. Ki Nam, 355th Security Forces Squadron Military Dog handler, brought his partner, Benny, 355th SFS MWD, to the school to show and tell students about his career. Students ranging from the first grade through the sixth grade participated…

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Little Blue Book: Pocket-sized guide of Air Force values, regulations

Posted  January 30, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — There are some who are familiar with Air Force Instruction 1-1, “The Little Blue Book.” Those who have been in the Air Force some 20-30 years may have even seen it. However, most people may not have any idea what prompted the Air Force Chief of Staff to launch this initiative….

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